Graduating art students have their best work on display for BFA exhibition

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By: Chloe Teall


   From Dec. 2 to Dec. 9, the BFA student show is being held in the gallery at Education and Arts. The gallery is open to visitors from 11 am to 5 pm on weekdays and there is no cost to enter.

   A closing reception will be hosted Thursday Dec. 9 from 5 pm to 7 pm to allow one more opportunity to meet the artists and view their work before they graduate.

   The BFA student show occurs every semester and is an opportunity for graduating art students to showcase the best work they have created in their time at IU. The artists have dedicated the past several years to developing a cohesive body of work specifically for this show, and the work is quite remarkable.

  For the show, students create art that demonstrates their technical skill while focusing on a particular subject or theme. Arianna Peak, a Drawing and Painting major, dedicated her thesis to portraiture of biracial subjects.

   Influenced by her own biracial background, Peak sought to “highlight the visual aspect of multiracial identity and its uncapped variations of features” through this body of work.

   The Preface’s own editor-in-chief, Kate Luce, is another artist included in the show. Luce is a double major in Drawing and Painting as well as Printmaking, and a portion of her exhibition is a collection of silkscreen prints that are brought to life when viewed under black light.

   The final artist in the show is Hector Torres, who is a Graphic Design major who is particularly inspired by fashion and the emerging universe of blockchain technology. Students can view Torres’s versatile work in the form of his own NFTs, posters, and streetwear clothing.

   For BFA majors, this show is a culmination of all of the hard work, growth, and struggle that went into the pursuit of their degree. The artists have invested countless hours of their time and immeasurable amounts of effort into curating the artwork on display. 

   Walking through the gallery only takes a few minutes, and it is a worthwhile experience for all students who may need a little inspiration in these final weeks of the semester.  

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